Association for Behavior Analysis International

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33rd Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2007

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Invited Tutorial #39
Tutorial: Stimulus Equivalence 101: Back to Basics and Beyond
Saturday, May 26, 2007
1:30 PM–2:20 PM
Douglas B
Area: EAB; Domain: Basic Research
Chair: Manish Vaidya (University of North Texas)
Presenting Authors: : CAROL PILGRIM (University of North Carolina, Wilmington)

The stimulus equivalence paradigm has provided a basis for carefully controlled laboratory study of novel or emergent behavioral relations for over two decades. For better or worse, however, the current empirical literature has evolved to a level of specialization that is often impenetrable to those not immersed in its nuances. The unfortunate outcome is that much of the basis for excitement over recent developments in the field may be underappreciated by behavior analysts, not to mention the broader scientific community. This tutorial will provide a review of basic concepts and conceptualizations involving stimulus equivalence. A case will be made and illustrated that basic laboratory work on equivalence has given rise to important new scientific agendas ranging from exploration of fundamental contingency outcomes to invigorated analyses of verbal behavior to teaching technologies and treatment applications of tremendous potential. These developments represent exactly the sort of bridge between basic and applied science that is the strength of behavior analysis. They also provide a basis for increased exchange with other psychological sciences, as questions of interdisciplinary interest receive our increased attention.

Instruction Level: Basic
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Learning Objectives: None
CAROL PILGRIM (University of North Carolina, Wilmington)
Dr. Carol Pilgrim received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1987 with a specialization in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. She is currently Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she has been honored with a Distinguished Teaching Professorship (1994-1997), the North Carolina Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award (2003), and the Faculty Scholarship Award (2000). She received the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award and the College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award in 1992, and the Association for Behavior Analysis (ABA) Student Committee Outstanding Mentor Award in 2006. Her research contributions include both basic and applied behavior analysis, with an emphasis in human operant behavior, relational stimulus control, and the early detection of breast cancer. Dr. Pilgrim has served as Editor of The Behavior Analyst, Associate Editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and The Behavior Analyst, Co-Editor of the Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Bulletin, and as a member of the editorial boards of these and several other journals. She has served as President of the Association for Behavior Analysis, the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, Division 25 of the American Psychological Association, and the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis. Additionally, she has been Member-at-Large of the Executive Council of ABA and Division 25, and member of the Boards of Directors of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.



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